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Bassist George Mraz’s Cause of Death Following Health Issues

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It is with a deep sense of loss and heavy heart that we inform you legendary Jazz bassist has passed away on September 16, 2021. To read all the details surrounding George Mraz’s cause of death, stay up with us.

The saxophonist and jazz bassist was announced dead at the age of 77, following health issues. Further details concerning George’s death will be updated upon confirmation.

George Mraz was born on September 9, 1944, in Pisek, Czechia. He was known as a jazz bassist and alto saxophonist. Besides that, he gained more fame as a member of Oscar Peterson‘s group.

Bassist George Mraz's Cause of Death Following Health Issues
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Mraz worked with Michel Petrucciani, Stephane Grappelli, Pepper Adams, Stan Getz, Tommy Flanagan, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Jimmy Raney, Chet Baker, Richie Beirach, and John Scofield, among others.

During the 1970s, George was a well-known member of the New York Jazz Quartet and The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. He also worked as a member of Quest in the 1980s.

The Oscar Peterson’s members also appeared with Joe Lovano, Paul Motian, and Hank Jones on Lovano’s records I’m All For You and Joyous Encounter. He was also known for performing solos.


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Is George Mraz’s Cause of Death Related to Illness?

While many fans are searching for George Mraz’s cause of death, some reports claim he has died after a battle with health issues. His family has not released any statement surrounding Mraz’s death cause at this time.

US day News is working to provide more information and collect the latest updates surrounding George Mraz’s death, so stay up with us.

On July 8, 2016,  George endured seven hours of complex surgery on his pancreas, and while he was in the hospital, he suffered a heart attack.

Bassist George Mraz's Cause of Death Following Health Issues
Oscar Peterson’s member George Mraz sadly passed away on September 16, 2021.

George’s albums as a leader include: My Foolish Heart, “Catching Up” on Alfa Records Jazz,” Bottom Lines, Morava, and Duke’s Place, all on Milestone Records.

The legendary bassist studied bass at the Prague Conservatory as well as Berklee. After moving to New York, he became a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and worked with Stan Getz.

It is a difficult time for Mraz’s family and friends. Words cannot express our deep sorrow from the passing of the great musician, and we ask you all to keep George, his family, his friends, and all of his loved ones in your thoughts through this agonizing time.

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Reactions to George Mraz’s Death

Soon after the heartbreaking news of George Mraz’s death was revealed, devasted friends and fans stated their condolences on social media and paid poignant tributes to him.

Bassist George Mraz's Cause of Death Following Health Issues
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Kurt Rosenwinkel wrote: “Greatest thing in my life is the people I meet. George Mraz, you knew everybody, and you loved everything. I laughed, and I cried with you. Love always.”

Oscar Peterson tweeted: “A massive loss for the music world. The great George Mraz left us today. Our love and sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. He surely left his mark.”

“Very sorry to hear the loss of Czech-born bassist George Mraz at 77. He was one of the greatest bassists of his era, having played with everyone from Oscar Peterson and Stan Getz to John Abercrombie and John Scofield with unparalleled musicality. He will be sorely missed. RIP,” one fan tweeted.

Dave Holland wrote: “I’m recalling many fond memories of George Mraz today after hearing of his passing. We both arrived as immigrants the USA in 1968 following the call of the music. I always enjoyed seeing & hearing him play. He was a great accompanist, a fluent soloist & had a great sense of humor.”


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  1. John W Pear September 18, 2021

    I’m truly devastated by the death of the legendary George “Jiri” Mraz! During my long radio career plus the following 30 years of building the Australia’s only WORLD MUSIC ARCHIVES I followed George’s every step since his first 1965 recordings with the Czech S+H Quartet! To this day his collaborations with some of the biggest names in American jazz amount to many hundreds of titles, most of which I’m proud to own!. In the history of jazz there were and still are a many outstanding and important bass player, but I doubt if any of them would be as prolific as George was! May he rest in peace!
    WORLD MUSIC ARCHIVES, NSW, Australia

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